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Governor Brian Kemp on Thursday signed the “Empowering a Healthy Georgia” Executive Order, the state’s latest response to COVID-19.
The new mandate goes into effect at 12 a.m. on June 16, 2020, and runs through 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2020, lifting a gamut of restrictions placed on citizens and businesses earlier this year.
Among the order’s highlights is the ability for restaurants to continue operating at normal capacity (no longer a cap based on square footage) and salad bars and buffets can resume service.
Restaurant employees are also no longer required to wear face coverings except for when interacting with guests directly and bars can now have fifty people (up from twenty-five) or thirty-five percent of total listed fire capacity, whichever is greater.
The original list of 39 safety guidelines for reopening restaurants has been reduced to 35 under the new order (read them here on pages nine and 10 of the EO).
Other brick-and-mortar businesses including movie theatres and beauty operations are also getting an easement in restrictions.
There will no longer be a limit on the number of people who may sit together in a movie theatre and walk-ins will be allowed at body art studios, barbershops, hair salons, their respective schools, massage therapy establishments, and tanning facilities.
Live Performance Venues starting on July 1 may reopen for business if it “complies with specific criteria” which is outlined in the executive order here.
[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]